Local Food Fund
The Government of Ontario has announced that it is welcoming applications for a new Local Food Fund, a $30 million investment over 3 years to create jobs and support innovative local food projects.
The application and guidelines are available here.
The Local Food Fund will support projects in the following four categories:
Regional and Local Food Networks
Enhanced Technologies, Capacity and/or Minor Capital
Research and Best Practices
Education, Marketing and Outreach
With the wide scope of projects the Fund intends to support, it could result in assisting work related to the Ontario Edible Education Network.
For instance, this article explains that the Fund's broad range means the money could support anything from infrastructure and software projects to public events, such as educational initiatives. And as this article explains, there is also a focus on supporting supply chains and the supply of local food - ie. farm to school programs.
More Support for Student Nutrition Programs and Local Food Procurement in Schools
We are thrilled to hear that the Government of Ontario has just announced it will invest an additional $3 million in Ontario's Student Nutrition Programs as part of the Healthy Kids Strategy. This will create more than 200 new breakfast programs for about 33,000 kids in higher-need communities, including First Nations communities.
The funding will also allow for the hiring of 14 food distribution and logistics co-ordinators across Ontario.
Read more from the official news release.
Ontario's Education Strategy Consultation
The Ministry of Education is currently consulting with the public on the next phase in Ontario’s Education Strategy. Formal consultations are being conducted throughout the province this month and will include members of the education, early learning and municipal sectors, as well as others.
Individuals can submit their feedback and ideas via an online submission form. A community consultation kit is also available if you would like to start a conversation in your community.
The consultation period will continue until November 15, 2013.
This is a great opportunity to advocate for basic food literacy for all Ontarians. To read more on the consultation, visit Sustain Ontario's blog here.